Nick Saban’s worst fear came true during last year’s College Football Playoff run

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide had a successful run in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

While discussing the College Football Playoffs Wednesday, Saban confirmed his worst fear came true — and it didn’t have anything to do with being knocked out by the eventual National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes.


“I learned what I feared the most would happen,” Saban said before teeing off Wednesday at the Regions Tradition pro-am in Birmingham. “All the attention, all the interest would be about the four teams in the playoffs, which is exactly what happened, which was great to be a part of.

“…By having a playoff we would minimize the interest in other bowl games, which I think is sort of what happened and I hate to see that for college football.”

Saban has been outspoken on the College Football Playoffs, noting previously he doesn’t think the system and bowl games can coexist. Numbers back up Saban’s assessment of the situation, and that trend is likely to continue with more competitive teams at the top and more on the line in those games.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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